We know that thinking about overshoot can be overwhelming—we’re right there with you. First, we should mention that we’re not ecological resource- or climate-“doom-and-gloom” people. We’re also not over-optimistic, “change-your-lightbulbs-and-we’ll-be-OK” types, either. We’re realists. Somewhere in the middle.
Individuals have the power to better their homes and communities. The greatest potential for large-scale impact, however, lies with governments and businesses who align their policies and strategies with the reality of our finite planet.
More precisely, immense #PowerOfPossibility can be found in the countless existing solutions that can be implemented at scale. With them, we can make ourselves more resilient and #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day.
Past Overshoot Days
Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year.
How does this year’s date compare to that of previous years?
Swiss high-schoolers came closest to Earth Overshoot Day
Congratulations to the 11th-grade students of Kanti Baden Gymnasium in the canton of Aargau, who “guesstimated” the date of Earth Overshoot Day in their geography class.
“Guess-The-Date was a fun activity that added to my students’ understanding of the Ecological Footprint vs. resources approach,” geography teacher Kathleen Noreisch says. “My students can’t believe it has led to them being recognized as this year’s winners! They’re thrilled!”
Explore Solutions to #MoveTheDate
Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in five major areas
for improving sustainability: planet, cities, energy, food, and population.
Can we live in balance with the Earth?
The #MoveTheDate Solutions map is your go-to place to post and browse relevant information about active projects (“solutions”) that contribute to bringing human activity in balance with Earth’s ecological budget. This means moving the date of Earth Overshoot Day to December 31 or later.
Explore the map to find solutions that have been implemented in your country, or create an account and add a solution that you love.
Earth Overshoot Day By the Numbers
Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts data, available for free at data.footprintnetwork.org.